Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. The pressure depends on the work being done by the heart and the resistance of the blood vessels.
Eating a heart-healthy diet is important for managing your blood pressure. Start with stocking up on some of these healthy ingredients:
Learn to read food labels so you can choose foods more wisely. Watch for foods that have saturated fat or trans fat — as it may raise your cholesterol. Eating foods that are high in sodium (salt) can increase blood pressure. Generally, the higher your salt intake, the higher your blood pressure.
The best thing I was able to gain from the Cohen program was FREEDOM–and it is something I now immensely and gratefully enjoy.
Freedom from the risks of hypertension and its complications. Freedom from the debilitating concept that “It is normal to get fat as you get old”, and that “Food is a reward for your hard work”. Freedom from the guilt of not taking care of myself and having my family suffer the consequences.
Some people thought the program was restrictive. For me, it was liberating.
With the program, I learned that loving yourself–taking care of your health–is an expression of love for the people who care about you. Staying healthy means I will be physically able to take care of them for a longer time.
I used to be obese, hyperuricemic and hypertensive, with levels reaching 160/100 mmHg. With a family history of diabetes, stroke, myocardial infarction, I was living each day in fear of having an attack and being helpless thereafter. Day 3 of the program, I was able to bring my BP back to normal and I didn’t have to take any medicine ever since, and everything else–uric acid levels, menstrual cycle, BMI, skin condition–have been optimal.
I have never felt healthier, happier and free. ❤
– Andrea Carigma, M.D.
Start weight: 199.5 lbs.; End weight: 152.7 lbs.*